While not an absolutely necessary element, writing symbolism into your story is a fantastic way to deepen the meaning of your novel and tie everything together. Not all of your readers will pick up on every element of symbolism that you write into your novel, but those who do will appreciate the nuances in your work.
Do you write symbolism into your story? What examples can you think of from a book or movie?
Many writers will eventually find that they have more ideas than they know what to do with. Their idea box is overflowing with scraps of paper begging to be remembered or their brains are bursting at the seams with stories that could be interesting to pursue.
But how do you know if any of those ideas are novel-worthy? (read more)
“Fiction is very, very important,” he said, his voice is rising. “Storytelling is how people learn. You get people to understand new cultures and other lives through stories. Made-up stories. Fiction.”—Kristine Grayson, Wickedly Charming (via prettybooks)
“Generally, there seems to exist significant pressure for writers to create characters that are wish fulfillment for teenage girls, not only in their situations (they go to magic school, or fall in love with magical boys), but their behavior, too. In YA, it often feels like teenage girls are better than our real, thorny, weird and sometimes unlikable selves. They let us forget the mistakes we’ve made—the awful boys we’ve fallen for, the times we’ve hurt our friends or been irresponsible or petty.”—Celebrating the Complicated Girl, by author Phoebe North (via yahighway)
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (via sunrec)
It goes without saying that when it comes to things of the writerly nature, answers will vary depending on the writer/ manuscript/ season/ day of the week/ what you ate for breakfast/ how many ferrets you have (ok, maybe not those last few). But delayed gratification is interesting because, for writers at least, it’s mostly inevitable. (read more)
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance, but live right in it, under its roof.”—Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams (via creatingaquietmind)
“You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.”—All Rivers Flow to the Sea,Alison McGhee (via creatingaquietmind)
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”—Stephen King (via ameliaaaaaah)
“Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.”—Andre Dubus (via jkendrickallen)
“Knowing how to read and not reading books is like owning skiis and not skiing, owning a board and never riding a wave, or, well, having your favorite sandwich in your hand and not eating it. If you owned a telescope that would open up the entire universe for you would you try to find reason for not looking through it? Because that is exactly what reading is all about; it opens up the universe of humour, of adventure, of romance, of climbing the highest mountain, of diving in the deepest sea.”—(via amphigorical)
“You simply keep putting down one damn word after the other, as they come to you. You can either set brick as a laborer or as an artist. You can make the work a chore, or you can have a good time. You can do it the way you used to clear the dinner dishes when you were thirteen, or you can do it as a Japanese person would perform a tea ceremony, with a level of concentration and care in which you can lose yourself, and so in which you can find yourself.”—Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. (via paperbackgirl)
How do I know if I’m writing too slow? Should I trudge on when the words are molasses, or do I take a break? How many words per day are acceptable, or is there no minimum? Or, even, what do you do when writing is hard?
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in.
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”—Neil Gaiman (via 93sign)